BMW has announced pricing for the 2012 528i sedan and Z4 sDrive28i roadster. The “28i” designation indicates that both cars receive BMW’s new turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-four engine. The engine produces 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. In both cars, the turbo-four replaces a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-six.
The rear-wheel-drive 2012 528i starts at $48,575 (including an $875 destination charge), while the all-wheel-drive 528i xDrive costs $49,875. Those prices represent an increase of $3150 compared to the 2011 528i, which was offered only with rear-wheel drive. The 2011 528i produced just 240 hp and 230 lb-ft of torque. BMW says the 2012 528i is 0.4 seconds quicker to 60 mph, at 6.2 seconds, than the 2011 model. It also should prove about 15 percent more fuel efficient than the 2011 car.
The 2012 Z4 sDrive28i starts at $49,525 after an $875 destination charge, which is $2150 more than the 2011 Z4 sDrive30i it replaces. The new engine produces 15 fewer horsepower but 40 more horsepower than the turbocharged mill in the 2011 Z4. The 2.0-liter engine also is smaller and lighter than the inline-six it replaces, meaning it can be located closer to the firewall and thus improve the Z4’s weight balance. BMW hasn’t disclosed performance estimates, but says the sDrive28i should be 20 percent more efficient than its predecessor, the sDrive30i.
Both of the four-cylinder turbocharged cars go on sale this fall.